Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising organisations, training providers and individuals for their contribution to skilling Australia, The Australian Training Awards were held in Melbourne on Friday 20 November 2020.

The Northern Territory (NT) were proud to have seven individual finalists, two organisational finalists, and a recipient of the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.

  • Australian Apprentice of the Year - Andrew Creber
  • Trainee of the Year - Jaylie Maddaford
  • Vocational Student of the Year - Darren Braun
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year - Dale Dhamarrandj
  • School based Apprentice of the Year - Katlyn Craig
  • VET Teacher / Trainer of the Year - Brendan Flynn
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award - Rachel Leigh Taylor
  • Small Training Provider of the Year - Karen Sheldon Training
  • Industry Collaboration of the Year - Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Education and Australian Defence Force.

Territory trainers recognised at national awards

An imaginative collaboration between the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and the Australian Defence Force has been recognised at the 2020 Australian Training Awards.

The two organisations were named the Australian Industry Collaboration Award winner in 2020.

For almost 50 years, the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education has advocated for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders to access quality education and training services.

The Australian Defence Force have a similar commitment to increase Aboriginal Australian representation on the Army, Navy and Airforce.

The two organisations have collaborated to make a career as a soldier more attractive to Aboriginal Australians and developed a new program as part of the Regional Education and Development Course.

Over a 13 week period, students are immersed in a shared culture of learning, while developing foundation skills and absorbing the beliefs, attitudes and practices in the Army. Students are monitored daily by staff from the institute and the Army with their performance, progress and wellbeing assessed fortnightly.

Teacher, Rachael Leigh Taylor was named winner of the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award.

Rachel started her career as an international English as a second language teacher delivering and developing foundation skill programs to support migrant workers, refugees and workers in an international workplace context.

She now works in a high school context to engage young people in adult education through vocational education and training programs with targeted skill support.

And Dale Dhamarrandji was named runner up for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award.

Dale who studied at Charles Darwin University completed a Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology. He is also the first Yolngu apprentice who has completed a heavy diesel apprenticeship at Rio Tinto’s Gove operations.

To view the full list of winners, go the Australian Training Awards website.

Real Stories Real Achievements

The Australian Training Awards is more than one spectacular night to remember on the VET calendar.

Winners, runners-up and finalists have Real Stories and Real Achievements to share that can provide the inspiration people need to gain real skills for a better career, or provide the best practice businesses and training providers need to improve their training outcomes and ensure sustainable growth.

Featuring past winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, these inspiring stories prove that investing in a nationally recognised qualification can lead to greater employability, greater job security, greater earning potential, greater choices for work options and, for many individuals, a better life.

For Australian businesses, the videos share evidence of best practice in training and how business, both large and small, have increased their bottom line and enjoyed sustainable growth through the provision of nationally recognised training to their employees.

Whether you are an organisation providing training, or a business considering training, or even an individual seeking skills to gain a better job, the Australian Training Awards website has the stories that will get you motivated.

For more information about awards, go to the Australian Training Awards website.

Last updated: 27 November 2020

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